Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 3rd 2016 Contents CAPE TOWN, South Africa---Ben
Stokes counterattacking half-century
put England on top at 317-5 against
South Africa at stumps on the first
day of the second Test yesterday.
Stokes made a rapid 74 not out with
11 fours and a six---and England racked
up 150 in the final session --- to ensure
the tourists ultimately had a good open-
ing day at Newlands.
"Yeah, it was a great finish for us,"
England batsman Alex Hales said.
After winning the toss and batting
on a good strip, England continued to
turn the screw on top-ranked South
Africa following a 241-run win in the
Stokes was one of three batsmen to
make a half-century on Saturday, as
the top and middle order put together
South Africa briefly had an oppor-
tunity to take control after young fast
bowler Kagiso Rabada took two wickets
in two balls in his 3-74. England made
a solid start, and was 167-2 when Raba-
da removed Nick Compton and James
Taylor in successive deliveries either
side of tea.
But that South African revival was
short-lived, and England got back on
top as Stokes and Jonny Bairstow built
an unbeaten 94-run partnership for
the sixth wicket. Stokes was especially
aggressive, taking on anything short
and wide for a flurry of boundaries in
the last session.
"When he gets going like that, it s
brilliant viewing for the whole ground,"
Hales said. "It really is exhilarating
A victory for England at Newlands
would ensure it can t lose the four-
match series, and put it on course for
a first series win over South Africa in
They played shots, they executed,"
Rabada said of the Stokes-Bairstow
stand. "Tomorrow we re going to have
to be tight and knock them over quick-
ly."England s batting performance was
solid throughout: Alastair Cook and
Hales shared a 55-run opening part-
nership, with Hales going on to score
60 for his maiden test half-century.
Nick Compton was typically patient
for his 45, and put on 74 with Hales.
Joe Root made 50 to put England in
decent shape before Stokes and
Bairstow made sure the visiting team
was in great position by the close.
With Stokes clubbing pulls and cut
shots to see England surge away in the
late afternoon, Bairstow provided good
support with his 39 not out.
England gave South Africa just a brief
glimpse of a chance to make serious
inroads when Compton went for a pull
shot off Rabada just before tea and hit
it straight to Temba Bavuma at mid-
wicket. Rabada then had James Taylor
caught behind on the first ball after
the tea break for 167-4. Standing in for
injured strike bowler Dale Steyn, the
20-year-old Rabada was the one bright
light for the Proteas.
Following an impressive win in Dur-
ban, England was further boosted by
the return to fitness of fast bowler and
leading wicket-taker James Anderson,
who was recalled for the Cape Town
In contrast, South Africa was forced
into two changes to its bowling lineup,
with Steyn and Kyle Abbott out injured.
The inexperienced Rabada and debutant
Chris Morris came in. Morris returned
1-99 on the day. The South Africans
also dropped JP Duminy in an attempt
to shake up their misfiring batting order
and find a way back into the series.
A series victory for England will
knock South Africa off the top of the
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Track and field ath-
lete KHALIFA ST
FORT won the Junior
Sportswoman of the
Year Award at the
T&T Olympic Com-
mittee Annual Award
Ceremony at the
Hyatt Regency, on
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West Indies chair-
man of selectors
CLIVE LLOYD says
the regional team
BERLIN---A body found in the Rhine river
on New Year's Eve was identified yesterday
as that of former Ivory Coast footballer
Duesseldorf police spokesman Marcel
Fiebig told The Associated Press there were
no indications that a third party was involved
in Gohouri's death. The body was found in
the city of Krefeld, to the northwest of
Duesseldorf. The 34-year-old Gohouri had
been reported missing on December 12.
Gohouri, a defender who played for the
Ivory Coast between 2006 and 2009, scored
two goals in 42 games for Borussia
Moenchengladbach between 2007 and
2009, helping the side to Bundesliga
promotion in 2008. He also played for Wigan
in England and Young Boys in Switzerland.
"This is terrible news," Moenchengladbach
sporting director Max Eberl said. "I got to
know Steve as a person full of the joys of life
and that's how I'll remember him. Our
thoughts and sympathies are now with his
Body of former Ivory Coast footballer Gohouri found
NELSON, New Zealand---The fourth
match of the one-day series between
New Zealand and Sri Lanka was
rained out yesterday, abandoned after
just nine overs were bowled and leav-
ing the hosts with a 2-1 series lead
going into the last match.
Heavy rain overnight and throughout
the morning saturated the playing area
at Saxton Oval. When play began, the
contest had been reduced to 24 overs
per side and Sri Lanka won the toss
and chose to bowl.
The tourists started strongly, reduc-
ing New Zealand to 75-3.
Big-hitting Martin Guptill was out
for 27, made from 14 balls, Tom Latham
fell for 9 and stand-in captain Kane
Williamson was caught and bowled
by Dushmantha Chameera for 12.
Ross Taylor was 20 not out and
Henry Nicholls four not out when rain
returned after only 42 minutes of play,
chasing players from the field again.
Umpires Richard Illingworth and
Billy Bowden decided the arena could
not be brought up to a reasonable
playing standard in the time remain-
The last match of the series will be
at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.
New Zealand won the first match
by seven wickets, surpassing Sri
Lanka s 188 in 21 overs, and the second
by 10 wickets when it took only 8.2
overs to overtake the tourists 117.
Rain washes out Kiwi/Lanka ODI
England's Nick Compton, right, plays a shot during the second cricket Test
against South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday. AP PHOTO
England 1st Innings
Alastair Cook c Morris b Rabada .......................27
Alex Hales c De Villiers b Morkel.......................60
Nick Compton c Bavuma b Rabada ...............45
Joe Root c De Kock b Morris .................................50
James Taylor c De Kock b Rabada......................0
Ben Stokes not out..........................................................74
Jonny Bairstow not out...............................................39
Extras: (10b, 1lb, 7w, 4nb) 22
TOTAL: (for 5 wickets).............................................317
Still to bat: Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, James
Anderson, Steven Finn.
Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-129, 3-167, 4-167, 5-
Bowling: Morne Morkel 18-3-51-1 (1w), Chris
Morris 22-3-99-1, Kagiso Rabada 19-2-74-3
(2w, 4nb), Dane Piedt 21-5-63-0, Stiaan van
Zyl 5-0-12-0, Dean Elgar 2-0-7-0.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Stiaan van Zyl,
Dean Elgar, A.B. de Villiers, Faf du Plessis,
Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Dane
Piedt, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Morne
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Bruce
TV umpire: Rod Tucker, Australia.
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.
Toss: Won by England.
Series: England leads four-match series 1-0.
Stokes powers England
into good position
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